Pharmacology in Clinical Podiatry Practice

Course code PDTY2102Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course reviews the general principles of pharmacology and quality use of medicines. It specifically reviews the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics providing students with a clear basis to understand the process by which a drug enters, is absorbed and impacts the intended site of action, drug metabolism and excretion. This course provides students with knowledge of this process on specific populations. Principles of anaesthesia are covered with emphasis on safe and effective administration of local anaesthesia in a clinical setting.

This course reviews the general principles of dermatology with specific emphasis placed upon the implications of dermatological conditions of the lower limbs. This course extends students' knowledge of basic pharmacology emphasising clinically relevant pharmacology and its integration with podiatric dermatology and microbiology.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Know the concepts of quality use of medicines and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and use the appropriate terminology when discussing drug names, classifications and regimes.
2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and the implications of drug absorption, drug clearance, volume of distribution and half life.
3. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of roles and rationales for drug therapy in systemic conditions.
4. Using appropriate terminology discuss the implications of infection, the role of drug therapy and the concept of antibiotic resistance.
5. Describe and discuss the importance of anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications with specific relevance to podiatry.
6. Describe the principles of local and general anaesthesia and the indications for use of anesthesia in podiatry with specific emphasis on safe and effective administration of local anaesthesia in a clinical setting.
7. Recognise possible sequelae of drug therapy including adverse effects and interactions.
8. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the structure, function and common dermatological pathologies of the integumentary system and appropriate pharmacological interventions including indications and contraindications.
9. Nominate and implement appropriate laboratory tests for podiatrically relevant fungal and bacterial infections.
10. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and awareness of podiatric implications of sweating, vasomotor, and other systemic disorders including psoriasis and eczemas.
11. Demonstrate the ability to work in a group setting.
12. Demonstrate the ability to perform a case-based medications review in a clinical setting.
13. Demonstrate the ability to formulate appropriate goal orientated pharmaceutical management plans for common podiatric conditions
Content1. General pharmacology including an indepth review of principles of pharmacology
2. Applied drug therapy: immune, inflammatory and infectious disorders
3. Systemic pharmacology relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems
4. Principles of local and general anaesthesia
5. Adverse drug reactions and interactions and the use of drug therapy in specific populations
6. Case based pharmacological management
7. Skin structure and function
8. Skin conditions affecting the lower limb including hyperkeratoses, onychopathies, tinea pedis, verrucae, sweating disorders, inflammatory skin conditions, vasomotor disturbances and neoplasm.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAnatomy and physiology of the human body
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
ClinicalSatisfactiory completion of clinical case based learning
Other: (please specify)Problem based examination
A separate pass is required to achieve an overall pass in this course
Other: (please specify)Mid-semester and end of semester written assessment
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCompulsory exercises undertaken throughout the semester including groupwork and presentations
A separate pass is required to achieve an overall pass in this course
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor or Podiatry program.
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful Completion of HUBS1108, HUBS1404 and PDTY1202.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2102